One of the hallmarks of Southeast Asian cuisine is the discovery of so many truly innovative ways to use all kinds of rice. Bubur Pulut Hitam is just one example of the versatility of rice, specifically in Peranakan cuisine. If you’re planning a party or a conference and you’d like to order a Peranakan buffet catering service in Singapore, be sure to include some specialty desserts like Bubur Pulut Hitam. Discover the elements and steps involved in making this delicious treat, as well as the origin of its name.
Many Dialects, Many Names
Bubur Pulut Hitam is also called bubur ketan hitam or bubur injun, with “bubur” meaning porridge. Sometimes the name of the dish is shortened to pulut hitam or ketan hitam. If you are around Javanese or Bali people, you may hear other slight variations on the name. All of the terms refer to a pudding made from black rice.
Ways of Serving Bubur Pulut Hitam
If you want to stick with the original, bare-bones version of the dish, you’ll serve it as a plain, black, glutinous porridge of rice, with a bit of palm sugar to sweeten it. For a nicer aroma, add some pandan leaves, salt, and coconut milk. You could also dish it up with a side of mung beans and bread. If you’re having Bubur Pulut Hitam in a restaurant as a dessert, you may enjoy additional toppings, such as cinnamon or fried bananas. Sometimes the coconut milk is drizzled artistically over the top of the black rice pudding, and the pandan leaves are delicately tucked into the dish as a garnish.
Making Bubur Pulut Hitam at Home
Like many delicious dishes, Bubur Pulut Hitam requires a significant time investment. You’ll need to set the glutinous rice to soak overnight, and you’ll also need to keep stirring it periodically to prevent burns or sticking to the pot. All of the rice needs to be softened and split in order for the porridge to have the right texture. If you want to sidestep some of the work, invest in a specialty rice cooker that includes a “Porridge” setting. The rice cooker can then take care of the Bubur Pulut Hitam for about an hour and a half while you chat with family members, relax, or do some chores around the house.
After washing the rice, add it to the rice cooker at the proper setting. Stir in a little salt and tuck a knot of pandan leaves into the rice. When the cooker is done preparing your porridge, stir the glutinous rice and add some gula jawa syrup. Do a few taste tests as you stir in the syrup to ensure that you are achieving the level of sweetness that you want. White the pudding is still warm, serve it to your family with some warm coconut milk drizzled on top.
Ordering a Peranakan Buffet Catering Package with Bubur Pulut Hitam
When you don’t have the right kind of rice cooker, or when you’re hosting a large number of people for a special occasion, leave the Bubur Pulut Hitam to the expertise of your caterer in Singapore. As part of our Peranakan buffet catering package, Eatz Catering will serve up plenty of delicious Bubur Pulut Hitam to give your guests a well-rounded meal with a taste of sweetness at the end.